Wow, what a week it’s been, I have had many calls for help; and my immediate response as a coach is to listen, analyse and suggest positive actions. All week I have been encouraging my customers to take deep breaths, put issues into perspective and return to their agreed strategies which bring the real results.
Today I am focussing on an often overlooked aspect of being successful – investment in yourself and your mind.
I have observed through many hours of coaching excellent people who have chosen to invest in themselves; that 20% of our time together is building good strategic frameworks and 80% is about improving mindset. We set strategies, goals (sometimes multiple goals) and actions. I am there to support, encourage, refocus and problem solve throughout the coaching journey.
The customer relationship is very close because as a coach, I need to understand your strengths, weaknesses, dreams and family priorities. This is because underpinning strategies, goals and actions; “mindset” is the balance of your business ambitions, family responsibilities and maintaining good health. When any one of these key aspects are out of alignment the coached customer can’t be positive and work to progress their strategic plan.
I wrote about mindset in a blog about how simple business habits can have the potential to radically alter the effectiveness of your mind and the success of your business.
In a nutshell, the mind must believe it can do something before it is capable of actually doing it. So we must always be aware of our mental self-talk. “The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful” said the Dalai Lama. Think about the positive emotions you could use to replace your negative self-talk.
Fostering a mindset of outcomes focus and extreme optimism will help you create solutions, and not keep you stuck in the problems of your business. Think about what clear outcomes you need to create to achieve your purpose and goals?
Building a successful business is like dancing the cha-cha, two steps forward and three steps back; the trials of business are great opportunities for learning and improvement of process, not for beating yourself up.
One final tip, “reflection is the key to changing mindset”. Find some quiet each day for reflecting on any negativity that enters your mind, and look for habitual patterns that you need to change. Remember:
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath.
Invest in yourself. Hire a competent and caring coach. Learn from your daily reflection. Work on a positive mindset every day because it will be 80% of your success in business!
What tips can you apply today? I love to know your thoughts?
About the Author: Teresa Bassham of Zenworkz Authentic Marketing inspires small businesses to foster a Positive Mindset – Develop and use an empowering Marketing and Communications Plan for Business Profitability … see my full services at www.zenworkz.com